Let’s get the name out of the way first. We have known this as the Silver Strand, but the signpost at the turn off calls it ‘Tra na Gceann’ and the Ordnance Survey map seems to call it the ‘White Strand’ – so take your pick.
Whatever it’s called, Barna is a good sized family beach. It’s a good place for children to run around and play. When the tide is out it’s not so good for swimmers, as the water goes way way out.
Facilities here are good, with a nice picnic area, toilets and good parking. The beach is also wheelchair accessible.
Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.
Blue Flag Beach .
From Galway take the R336 coast road and the beach is signposted left with the name ‘Trá na Gceann’